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Flood Inundation Mapping with Data Assimilation

Flood Inundation Mapping with Data Assimilation

MSc project poster – Zhiqi Hu investigated if observations of floods from satellite images can help us improve the accuracy of forecast flood maps.

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Geomorphological effectiveness of floods to rework gravel bars: insight from hyperscale topography and hydraulic modelling

Geomorphological effectiveness of floods to rework gravel bars: insight from hyperscale topography and hydraulic modelling

A new study shows how the topographic and sediment data collected using terrestrial lidar surveys can be used to provide boundary conditions in a range of widely accessible flow models and could help add further insight to the hydromorpological analysis of a river reach.

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River flumes engage and inspire at Peterborough STEM Festival

River flumes engage and inspire at Peterborough STEM Festival

Two of our hydraulic river flumes were in action at the Peterborough STEM Festival on 13 October as part of a range of fun hands-on activities to celebrate and experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Can the past be a reliable guide to the future?

Can the past be a reliable guide to the future?

Many important decisions about planning for flooding rely on statistical assessments of risk. This one-day workshop enabled communication and discussion between academics and practitioners on the technical, practical, scientific and risk management implications of applying non-stationary statistical models to flood event data

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Improving Flood Estimates in Small Island Developing States

Improving Flood Estimates in Small Island Developing States

A summary of the research carried out Leanne Archer during her Masters by Research (MScR) at the University of Bristol and presented at the 2018 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU).

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A national perspective on the probability of extreme river flows

A national perspective on the probability of extreme river flows

The Government’s 2016 National Flood Resilience Review[1] (NFFR) found that “while the probability of an extreme river flow that could result in a severe flood at any given location is very small, such flows are not unusual when considering the whole country”. This statement was one of the conclusions of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) [...]

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Flood resilience in a changing environment: what do recent reviews tell us?

Flood resilience in a changing environment: what do recent reviews tell us?

Flood risk and resilience have been under review in recent years, following severe flooding in 2013/14 and 2015/16, previous flood events and concerns over changes in physical and economic climates. This talk examines some important governmental and technical reviews, discussing scientific themes that run through them: The National Flood Resilience Review (September 2016) House of […]

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Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM)

Projection Augmented Relief Model (PARM)

A PARM consists of a 3D printed scale model of a landscape, based on LIDAR data, with a projector that overlays information onto the 3D model. In 2017, JBA Consulting worked with the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham to develop a PARM that shows the impact of different rainfall events and flood defence scenarios [...]

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Mini flume

Mini flume

The mini flume is portable and can be set up inside, for example in a classroom or office. It shows the flow of water in a simple channel and features scale models of typical engineered structures, including weirs, bridges and culverts.

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Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox

Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox

This interactive visualisation tool shows how topography affects ‘virtual’ water moving through a catchment. Participants can shape real sand to create their own catchments which are then augmented in real time by a projector to show a coloured elevation map, contour lines and water flow to explore how changes in land use affect flooding.

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